So I’ve been sick – sick for 2 weeks with the flu, and a bit of tonsillitis thrown in. It really has knocked me for six and I pushed myself to keep going to work at for the first 10 days, which ultimately made me worse. To me this bout of sickness was probably to do with stress and that I have not been very kind to my body lately. Drinking, smoking, not sleeping enough, eating frozen meals instead of cooking – you know, surviving after a separation but not exactly thriving!!!
So over the last few days which have been mostly spent in bed, or on the couch, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect, and realised I really have to look after my body better. As my kinesiologist said – I want to be alive to hopefully see my grand-kids which isn’t likely if I continue this way. So for the past 4 out of 5 days I’ve had a green smoothie, I’ve been going to bed early, I’ve cut way back on the smoking and i’ve been reading and relaxing a lot more.
After doing some reading, online research and listening to an interesting podcast I’ve decided to start a smoothie challenge. Green smoothie are know for their health benefits: Increases your daily intake of vegetables and fruits, rejuvenates you, full of antioxidants, mental clarity, improves skin and my main aim currently – improves immunity!
For this week (and I hope every day there after) I’m going to drink at least one green smoothie a day. First step was buying a blender that is not too expensive – the solution a 1000W NutriBullet which I picked up for just over a $100 at BigW. I’ve been using it for the last 4 days and I must say I’m impressed – you can pick one up on Amazon here.
I know it can seem intimidating to get started so let me give you easy instructions of how I’ve started. In your blender/nutribullet add some greens – spinach or kale, fruit – orange, strawberries, blueberries, apple or pineapple, I love to add some fresh ginger and also a couple of teaspoons of ‘Super Green powder’. Top this off with coconut water and blend! There are many variations of super green powder but I’m using Natures Way which is widely available in Australian supermarkets but similar will be found in any large supermarket or health food shops in most countries. As I’ve just finished a round of antibiotics I’ve also been adding a bit of probiotic powder too. So far I feel great. My mind seems clearer and I have more energy.
My recipes so far have been:
1: Cup of Kale, handful of strawberries, chunk of fresh ginger, apple, orange, super green powder and coconut water.
2: Cup of kale, frozen pineapple, frozen acai berries, squeeze of lemon juice, fresh ginger and coconut water
3: Cup of kale, blueberries, strawberries, fresh ginger, apple, squeeze of lemon juice and coconut water.
Other great ingredients are spinach, cucumber, chia seeds, avocado, banana, cacao, almond milk, mint, …the list goes on. I will add more recipes as I try them.
Super Green smoothies contain wonderful antioxidants, vitamins and goodness. Try it – what have you got to lose! Comment and let me know how you get on.